Storytelling as oral history: revealing the changing experience of home heating in England

GOODCHILD, Barry, AMBROSE, Aimee and MAYE-BANBURY, Angela (2017). Storytelling as oral history: revealing the changing experience of home heating in England. Energy Research & Social Science, 31, 137-144.

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Oral history provides a means of understanding heating behaviour through encouraging respondents to articulate the past in terms of stories. Unlike other qualitative methods, oral history foregrounds the ontology of personal experiences in a way that is well suited to revealing previously undocumented phenomena in the private world of the home. Three types of change may be distinguished: long term historical change, change associated with the life-cycle stage of the individual and sudden change. A sample of eight in-depth interviews is used to demonstrate the potential of oral history in the study of home heating. The themes to emerge from the interviews include early memories of the home, the financial struggle to heat the home, the influence of childhood experiences in adulthood and the association between warmth and comfort. For the future, domestic comfort, energy conservation and carbon reduction need to be reconciled with one another.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Storytelling: Oral history: Home heating: Domestic energy.
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Natural and Build Environment
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Page Range: 137-144
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 12:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:02

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